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Divorce in Houston

It would be too hard to say “legal dissolution of marriage” so we call it divorce.

Although Texas is generally a “no-fault” divorce state, a divorce can be long and costly, or straightforward and simple, depending on how the parties deal with their situation and with each other. However, in most Texas divorces, issues of property, alimony, custody, and financial support for children will have to be worked out.

An online divorce, “cheap divorce,” or any variant of a “do it yourself divorce,” is usually not as effective as a meeting with a Houston Family Law attorney who will best understand divorce process and costs.

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Avoid Illegal Snooping During Divorce: 3 Tips

When you're in the middle of a divorce -- or even married, for that matter -- snooping is a no-no. Take it from a well-known cancer surgeon from Houston who is facing serious criminal charges for hacking into his wife's computer during the couple's divorce proceedings, reports Houston's CultureMap.

Here are three ways to avoid illegal snooping during a divorce:

Is Gay Divorce Legal in Texas?

Is gay divorce legal in Texas? The Texas Supreme Court is currently deciding this question, the Associated Press reports.

On Tuesday, the state's High Court heard arguments regarding the issue of gay divorce and whether or not the state could grant divorces to gay couples who were legally married in other states. The plaintiffs, a gay couple from Austin and Dallas, married in Massachusetts a few years ago and later attempted to file for divorce in Texas, but Attorney General Greg Abbott won on appeal blocking a divorce ruling.

What were some issues regarding marriage and divorce raised in this case?

7 Pros and Cons of Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediation is a popular alternative to litigation for couples to resolve their disputes and negotiate the terms of their divorce. When it comes to something as painful and personal as eviscerating familial ties, mediation can be a saving grace. A neutral third party can help keep the discussion focused on problem-solving rather than finger-pointing. But it may not be for everyone.

Here are seven pros and cons of divorce mediation:

How to Invalidate a Prenuptial Agreement

You might think you have an iron-clad prenup, but do you really?

It may not be as hard as it looks to get a prenup tossed out in court. The simple fact of having a prenuptial agreement in place doesn't necessarily mean that it can't be found invalid.

At the end of the day, a prenuptial agreement is a contract. And if a contract isn't done right, it may not be enforceable.

March Is a Busy Month For Divorce

Divorce attorneys are tucked away behind their desks for much of late winter and early spring.

Much of that is due to the fact that divorce rates peak in March, according to NPR. That makes March one of the busiest months for divorce attorneys.


3 Things to Know Before You Say Goodbye (to Your Marriage)

So the holidays have passed and so has Valentine's Day. It's obvious to you and your significant other that it's time to call it quits.

Next stop: Splitsville.

Now is the time to start planning ahead and strategizing for what could be a long and painful ordeal -- divorce. Here are three things you should know before getting a divorce:

Fiscal Cliff Deal Raises Tax on Certain Divorces

We've talked numerous times on this blog about financial issues in a divorce. Most recently, the fiscal cliff dealt with a large number of financial and tax issues. Many of these issues seemingly resolved themselves with the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act on January 1, 2013.

The American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA) seemed to alleviate many tax woes. But the American Taxpayer Relief Act had some deep implications for those with impending divorces.

Does Shacking Up Lead to More Divorce?

Once upon a time, moving in with your loved one prior to marriage signaled a divorce down the line.

But it looks like things may be a little different now. It doesn't look like pre-marital cohabition has necessarily sealed your fate for divorce, according to the New York Daily News.

The Daily News points to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in which engaged couples and co-habiting couples had as much success in their marriage as those who had not lived together prior to marriage. Some of these couples made it to the 15-year mark in marriage.

Legal Issues This Valentine's Day

This week was Valentine’s Day. For many, it’s a day of love and appreciation. It’s a day when many women find themselves sporting their engagement rings for the first time.

For many more, it’s a day of heartbreak, deceit and divorce.

Valentine’s Day has been called the “coming out” day for cheaters. It’s the day when incriminating receipts are inadvertently left lying around. It’s a day when needs aren’t met.

A day when true feelings are exposed.

And in the midst of what is supposedly a celebration of love, people break up.

Marriages break up.

So in light of Valentine’s week and the aftermath of Valentine’s Day, we’ll discuss a few legal issues that may come to the forefront this week.

3 Important Tax Issues in Divorce

If you're getting a divorce, you can never be too careful about your finances. A large part of a divorce involves financial documents.

And a large part of financials involve tax planning. With the tax season upon us, many people are wondering what issues they need to consider regarding their taxes.

What are some tax issues in divorce you should be aware of? Here are three to keep in mind: